International Trade

  • March 6, 2017

    Paper Co. Presses Case In $52M NAFTA Claim

    American paper company Resolute Forest Products Inc. urged an international tribunal not to toss its CA$70 million ($52.3 million) North American Free Trade Agreement claim over losses sustained after the province-aided revival of a competitor's paper mill in Nova Scotia, denying that the claim was filed too late.

  • March 6, 2017

    WTO Will Examine Colombia's Tariff Fixes In Panama Spat

    The World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body on Monday established a new panel that will examine whether Colombia has complied with a prior decision faulting its tariffs on shoes, clothes and textiles in a case that has prompted Panama to pursue $210 million in retaliation.

  • March 6, 2017

    Another Steel Attorney Tapped As Interim USTR

    Former King & Spalding LLP partner Stephen K. Vaughn has been tapped to serve as acting U.S. trade representative and the agency’s general counsel, USTR confirmed Monday, adding to a growing bench of steel industry champions taking the reins of the nation’s trade policy.

  • March 6, 2017

    Lawmakers Float Immigration Plan To Save EU Market Access

    The U.K. might bolster its chances of retaining access to the European Union single market for banks and businesses by offering EU nationals preferential immigration treatment after Brexit, a key committee in the upper house of Parliament said in a report on Monday.

  • March 3, 2017

    Privacy Shield Needs To Be Revisited, EU Officials Told

    A pair of civil rights groups are urging European Union leaders to rethink their decision to honor the newly instituted Privacy Shield mechanism for transfers of personal data between the EU and U.S., arguing that a recent executive order on immigration throws into doubt the U.S.' ability to protect EU citizens' data.

  • March 3, 2017

    ITC Finds Chinese Steel Imports Damaging US Industry

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday issued final determinations holding that the domestic steel industry is materially injured by imports of certain kinds of steel from China, which the U.S. Department of Commerce found to be subsidized and sold in the U.S. at less than fair value.

  • March 3, 2017

    Sen. Wyden Blasts GOP, Trump Tax Plans As Gifts To Wealthy

    The minority leader of the Senate Finance Committee delivered a blistering critique of House Republicans and the Trump administration Friday, saying their tax policy proposals will benefit the wealthiest corporations at the expense of lower-income Americans.

  • March 3, 2017

    Caterpillar Hit With Stock-Drop Suit Day After Federal Raids

    Quick-on-the-buzzer lawyers at Pomerantz LLP filed a potential class action against Caterpillar Inc. on Friday, seeking damages for investors who say the company misled them in the lead-up to Thursday raids by federal law enforcement that sought documents about its tax strategies.

  • March 3, 2017

    CIT Sends Chinese Wire Hanger Duties Back To Commerce

    The U.S. Court of International Trade told the U.S. Department of Commerce Thursday to rework its choice of surrogate country used to calculate dumping duties on imports of Chinese steel wire hangers.

  • March 3, 2017

    WTO Chief Looks To EU For Multilateral Leadership

    As the U.S. appears poised for a pivot away from the multilateral trading system, World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo met with European Union officials Thursday, lauding Brussels for its commitment to the liberalization of global commerce.

  • March 3, 2017

    WTO To Screen Statements In US-Mexico Tuna Dispute

    A World Trade Organization panel said Friday it will screen a public broadcast of parts of statements made in January by the United States in its dispute resolution with Mexico over “dolphin-safe” tuna labeling.

  • March 3, 2017

    Keystone XL Escapes Trump's US Steel Only Pipeline Order

    President Donald Trump's executive order calling for U.S. pipelines to be built with American steel won't apply to TransCanada Corp.'s controversial Keystone XL project, whose completion he has pushed for, the White House confirmed on Friday.

  • March 3, 2017

    India Implores US To Drop $450M Poultry Retaliation Bid

    The Indian government has laid out the many steps it has taken to comply with a World Trade Organization decision against its food safety rules and again urged the U.S. abandon its bid for $450 million in annual retaliatory measures, according to a WTO document circulated Friday.

  • March 3, 2017

    CFIUS To Take Closer Look At Sibanye's $2.2B Stillwater Buy

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which evaluates the potential national security risks of inbound transactions, will take a closer look at Sibanye’s planned $2.2 billion acquisition of Colorado-based Stillwater Mining, the South African gold producer said Friday.

  • March 2, 2017

    Monster Energy Renews Push To Arbitrate Distributor Row

    Monster Energy Co. asked a California federal judge on Thursday to compel its distributor in French Guiana to arbitrate their dispute in the state, following a default judgment against the distributor and its alleged refusal to honor an arbitration agreement.

  • March 2, 2017

    Trump Begins Drawing Battle Lines Against WTO

    The Trump administration’s penchant for upending policy norms continued apace this week as the White House took aim at the World Trade Organization, stoking fears that the U.S. government could continue to wall itself off from its major trading partners and political allies.

  • March 2, 2017

    1st Circ. OKs More Prison For Sending Nuke Parts To Iran

    The First Circuit on Wednesday upheld the nine-year sentence for a man who helped send more than 1,000 pieces of sensitive equipment with nuclear applications to Iran via China, saying the district court correctly applied a six-level enhancement that nearly doubled the original guideline sentence.

  • March 2, 2017

    US, EU Reach Deal To Use Each Other's Drug Inspections

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that the U.S. and the European Union have amended an agreement in order to allow regulators from both governments to rely on each other’s inspections of pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.

  • March 2, 2017

    House Intel Committee Sets Out Scope Of Russia Probe

    The two top members of the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday agreed on the scope of the committee’s pending investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. election, following previous inter-party wrangling over how far the investigation should go.

  • March 2, 2017

    2nd Circ. Struggles With Scope Of FCPA In Alstom Exec Case

    The Second Circuit grappled Thursday with a dispute over how wide a net is cast by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, appearing unsure whether it should even weigh in on the prosecution of former Alstom SA executive Lawrence Hoskins over a faraway power project until a final disposition in trial court.

Expert Analysis

  • The Fight To Reform Container Late Charges In US Ports

    Asa Markel

    A coalition of retailers, shippers and trucking groups has petitioned the Federal Maritime Commission to limit the fees that marine terminal operators can charge when a shipping container remains at a port beyond its pickup time. The petitioners' arguments that such charges are sometimes inconsistent, and may not always serve their stated purposes, are legally sound, says Asa Markel of Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd.

  • Can Federal Agencies Reverse Course Under Trump?

    Steven D. Gordon

    The next four years will see litigation that explores the extent to which the Trump administration can alter or reverse the regulatory policies of the Obama administration without having to enact new legislation. The U.S. Supreme Court has recently made clear that there are fewer limits to an agency changing course than had previously been thought, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Myth Of The Forceful Mediator

    Jeff Kichaven

    When mediators rely on force to get cases settled, it doesn’t work. It’s time to suggest more productive ways for top-gun litigators and top-flight mediators to engage, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.

  • How The Cayman Islands Updated Its Confidentiality Law

    Andrew Bolton

    Last year, as part of a move toward transparency, cooperation and information-sharing, the Cayman Islands replaced its 40-year-old confidentiality law with a new statute. The key change is that disclosure of confidential information is no longer a criminal offense; instead, liability is returned to the realm of common law and rules of equity, say Andrew Bolton and Jane Hale of Appleby.

  • An Analysis Of Wilbur Ross’ Stance On Trade Remedies

    Eric M. Emerson

    In his testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Commerce touched on several issues relevant to the administration of U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty law — suggesting that enforcement in this area could become more aggressive, says Eric Emerson of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Maritime Cybersecurity Regulation On The Horizon: Part 2

    Christopher Burris

    Cybersecurity for ships, ports, terminals and offshore facilities is becoming an increasing concern for energy companies. As Congress considers relevant legislation, and agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security and others begin exploring maritime cybersecurity regulations, energy firms must stay abreast of developments, say attorneys from King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Maritime Cybersecurity Regulation On The Horizon: Part 1

    Christopher Burris

    Energy is one of the industries most targeted by cyberattacks. Now, maritime operations are emerging as the next frontier for cybersecurity regulation affecting the energy sector. Congress, federal agencies and international organizations are pushing cybersecurity measures for ships, ports, terminals and offshore facilities. The energy industry must prepare for regulations in this area, say attorneys from King & Spalding LLP.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.

  • What To Look For In Trump And May's 1st Meeting

    James K. Kearney

    Among the goals of Prime Minister Theresa May and President Donald Trump in Friday's meeting at the White House will be setting a course for a future U.K.-U.S. trade deal. The policies of both leaders will be on the line, say Jim Kearney of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP and Peter Snaith of Bond Dickinson LLP.